He was born in Löwenberg, Silesia. He studied in the Berlin Academy of Fine Arts under Hermann Schievelbein. He became his master's assistant and completed his plans for the bronze memorial once in the Dönhoffplatz (now the Marion-Gräfin-Dönhoff-Platz), Berlin. Soon after Schievelbein's death Pfuhl settled in Charlottenburg. He made a few portrait busts, but his more typical products were colossal groups or reliefs.
- frieze in rilievo, commemorating the Franco-Prussian War, for the military school of Groß Lichterfelde, Berlin (1876; destroyed)
- statue of Count Stolberg, in Landeshut, Silesia
- “Perseus Liberating Andromeda,” a fountain decoration in Posen (1884), and also in the Goethe Theatre (Theater des Westens?) in Charlottenburg (1896, removed)
- “Theseus, Hippodameia, and Eurytion” (1886)
- equestrian statue of William I with Otto von Bismarck and Helmuth von Moltke, in Görlitz (1893; destroyed)
- Heinrich Laube monument at Sprottau (1895)
- Goethe monument (1902)
- standing group of William I and Frederick III (1902; destroyed)
- William I, for the Reichstag building (1905)
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: "Pfuhl, Johannes". New International Encyclopedia. 1905.
- "Pfuhl, Johannes". Encyclopedia Americana. 1920.
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